Skip to main content
Scottish Continuity
Our Blog
Friday, November 23 2018

So often we focus on major incident scenarios that will rarely occur, for example a fire.  However, every year there is a major risk of business disruption as a result of the severe weather we experience - witnessed by the "Beast from the East" in 2017.  As snow has fallen in the UK this week please find below some BC considerations to aid you in your preparations.


  • Is everyone accounted for? (at work or traveling)
  • What is the potential impact on key skilled personnel?
  • Is there sufficient gritting/snow clearing to keep paths clear – can staff be asked to help?
  • Do staff working outside have appropriate clothing for the conditions?
  • For staff working from home, do they have suitable work environment, and can they access the server?
  • For those travelling to work, are their vehicles suitable and do they have spare / warm clothing, blankets, sleeping bags, thermos flask etc.  Given that Line Managers might also be unavailable, is there a central work number to call in case of a major delay?
  • Does a Department rely on another Department for an activity? If so, is the other Department still able to deliver it?
  • If there was an emergency during this severe weather period, eg cyber-attack through to burst pipe or chemical leak, can sufficient responders mobilise to deal with it?


  • Are valuable assets suitably heated/protected.
  • Suitable protection from frozen pipes.
  • Supply of fuel
  • Resupply of raw materials, food, consumables etc.
  • Gritting/snow clearing of paths, loading bays and car-parking areas.
  • Potential risk from falling icicles/snow from buildings.
  • Are there any areas of “suspicious” brickwork or masonry that might become lose and a risk as a result of the freezing conditions?
  • Consideration of potential flooding following a rise in temperature.
  • Potential loss of electricity due to power lines being brought down.


  • Recommend that, where possible, key staff take IT home with them in case they can’t get to work the following day, and whatever paperwork might be required (within security limits).
  • If not already practised, recommend that everyone tests their ability to log on from home and access folders.
  • From experience, when the “Home Working” option is maximised, data speed and connectivity reduces.  Is there an IT help-desk available for home workers?
  • If there is an issue with IT during this period, can sufficient IT personnel be activated to make the repair?

Supply Chain

  • Are there critical supplies that could be delayed – including mail, water, food?
  • Is there potential for distribution disruption that may impact on your contractual obligations?
  • Grit and salt supplies will be a premium.  Consider when to re-order so that your stocks are maintained.
  • Could your waste management be disrupted, if so how long before becomes critical?
Posted by: Inverroy Crisis Management Ltd AT 08:23 am   |  Permalink   |  1 Comment  |  Email
Great advice, Matthew! All to often the supply chain is neglected, and a review of ones plans is always useful! Great blog, and I hope to read more of them!!
Posted by Chris on 24/11/2018 - 12:03 PM

Post comment
Email Address

(max 750 characters)
* Required Fields
Note: All comments are subject to approval. Your comment will not appear until it has been approved.

Wednesday, 01 September 2021
Dind out what you could do for us, and what we could do for you if you join the Board of Scottish Continuity
Tuesday, 16 February 2021
An overview of upcoming events hosted by Scottish Continuity through 2021, and news about membership fees.
Tuesday, 09 July 2019
A welcome from the new Chair
Tuesday, 04 June 2019
Tuesday, 14 May 2019
Scottish Continuity Group AGM Find out where and when
Sustaining a Resilient Community

Scottish Continuity

Site Powered By
    WebKeeper WebSite Builder
    Online web site design